May 23, 2013
As Manitoba’s film industry prepares for a busy summer of production in all corners of the province, On Screen Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music are inviting people to play a role.
A new website and public awareness campaign called Get on Set Manitoba is aimed at engaging Manitobans to support screenings of local films, informing them of opportunities in the industry and explaining what the industry does for our province. The site can be found at www.getonsetmanitoba.ca.
“Get on Set is a one-stop-shop for people who are interested in Manitoba’s film and television industry. As we prepare for another busy summer of production – everywhere from Churchill to The Exchange District – we want to keep the public informed and let them know of all the great opportunities that exist,” said Carole Vivier, CEO & Film Commissioner for Manitoba Film & Music. “Our province punches well above its weight when it comes to film production. Our industry is known around the world and Manitobans have a lot to be proud of.”
The Get on Set Manitoba website features video profiles of Manitobans who work in the industry, updates on Manitoba screenings and festivals, a catalogue of Manitoba productions, as well as a comprehensive FAQ on jobs and training opportunities. Throughout the next year, the video profiles and public service announcements will play during film festivals in the province and at movie theatres around Winnipeg. The campaign will be enhanced by an active social media component including an ‘I ❤ Manitoba Films’ Facebook Group, where Manitobans will be invited to share news and opportunities, as well as an @ILoveMBFilms Twitter account.
“There is so much going on in this province when it comes to film and television production. Our aim is to create a hub for these conversations and build on the momentum that already exists,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “Get on Set Manitoba reflects the quality and diversity of production we have here in Manitoba. From Francophone and Aboriginal production to high-level animation studios, this industry is a cultural and economic force in the province.”
Recent successes include the theatrical release and international sale of the Manitoba comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure – directed by Sean Garrity, written by Jonas Chernick and produced by Juliette Hagopian. The Good Lie, directed by Manitoban Shawn Linden, also hit theatres earlier this month. This winter, the major Hollywood film Reasonable Doubt starring Samuel L. Jackson was shot in the province and was co-produced by local company Eagle Vision Inc.
In addition to the cultural benefits, Manitoba’s film and television industry also brings millions of dollars each year into the local economy. In the past ten years alone, there has been over $1 billion in production, while over half of that amount was spent in the province on salaries, services and supplies.
Manitoba Film & Music (MFM) is a statutory corporation of government funded by the Province of Manitoba through the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism. MFM supports Manitoba film and music through our objectives, which are to create, stimulate, employ and invest in Manitoba by developing and promoting Manitoba companies, producing and marketing film, television, video and music recording projects as well as to promote Manitoba as a film location for off-shore production companies.
On Screen Manitoba (OSM) leads and supports the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized internationally for its world-class creative and technical talent. Manitoba companies work in all genres (in English and French) and have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada.